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Post by Bungle on Sun May 10, 2009 3:20 pm

driving back from vanwest today i lost my brakes

peddle was going straight to the floor

stopped at a service station to find my back breaks smoking and wheels very hot

rolled the van backwards and forwards and it rolled freely with no grinding noises

let things cool off and tried again and the rest of the trip home was fine and wheels were cool once home

van didn't seem to be going any slower and i could lose the T4 behind on hills

any ideas
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Post by speedwell68 on Sun May 10, 2009 3:26 pm

Was this on all four wheels?
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Post by Bungle on Sun May 10, 2009 3:28 pm

yes the brake peddle is linked to all 4 wheels

but just the back drums were hot
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Post by speedwell68 on Sun May 10, 2009 3:34 pm

Well if it is just the rears I would say to check the adjustment of the shoes. You didn't do my normal trick and leave the handbrake on a few clicks?
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Post by Bungle on Sun May 10, 2009 3:36 pm

no hand brake was off

do they ever stick
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Post by speedwell68 on Sun May 10, 2009 3:49 pm

I suppose they can do, I have never had one stick. I guess the only way you are going to know what is going on is to get the rear drums off and have a look.
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Post by Bungle on Sun May 10, 2009 3:52 pm

flubbers are having a fix it day next weekend so i will have a look
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Post by speedwell68 on Sun May 10, 2009 3:55 pm

Bungle wrote:flubbers are having a fix it day next weekend so i will have a look

That is something we should do, but it is having a place to do it. One thing I would look at doing once you have sorted what ever it is, is replace all the brake fluid.
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Post by Jenocide on Tue May 12, 2009 5:44 am

I'm sure you'd be welcome over to the Flubber one. Sadly mines not going, that's a bit more fixing than you can do in a day Very Happy

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Post by steve on Tue May 12, 2009 7:01 am

sounds like the same as paul (baycrazy from flubber dubbers - the one your mrs worked with bungle) had with his bay on the cvwoc cruise, i was behind him and could see smoke coming out from the brakes so he stopped and had a quick look, i think he said they were just over adjusted. could just be the same problem.
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Post by Waxer on Tue May 12, 2009 2:24 pm

Bungle wrote:flubbers are having a fix it day next weekend so i will have a look

speedwell68 wrote:
Bungle wrote:flubbers are having a fix it day next weekend so i will have a look

That is something we should do, but it is having a place to do it. One thing I would look at doing once you have sorted what ever it is, is replace all the brake fluid.


Hi, Phil here.
Anyone is welcome to join us, having a BBQ as well.
Come along anytime after 1000.
Follow Bungle or PM me for directions.
I'm just off the Redruth exit of the A30 on the road towards Porthtowan.
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Post by speedwell68 on Tue May 12, 2009 2:35 pm

Waxer wrote:
Bungle wrote:flubbers are having a fix it day next weekend so i will have a look

speedwell68 wrote:
Bungle wrote:flubbers are having a fix it day next weekend so i will have a look

That is something we should do, but it is having a place to do it. One thing I would look at doing once you have sorted what ever it is, is replace all the brake fluid.


Hi, Phil here.
Anyone is welcome to join us, having a BBQ as well.
Come along anytime after 1000.
Follow Bungle or PM me for directions.
I'm just off the Redruth exit of the A30 on the road towards Porthtowan.

Bummer, I am working all afternoon. I won't finish until teatime. Thanks for the invite though that is most appreciated.Very Happy
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Post by Waxer on Tue May 12, 2009 2:48 pm

I'm sure your knowledge would have been useful, never mind, there will be other times.
Laterz Very Happy
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Post by speedwell68 on Tue May 12, 2009 2:52 pm

Perhaps we could have a big inter club BBQ in the summer at some time.Very Happy
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Post by Waxer on Tue May 12, 2009 3:06 pm

Sounds like a plan. Food is mostly what our meetings revolve around, oh, and VW's!! lol
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Post by Bungle on Tue May 12, 2009 3:18 pm

you could always pop in before work on saturday

even if it's in the skoda
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Post by speedwell68 on Tue May 12, 2009 3:29 pm

Bungle wrote:you could always pop in before work on saturday

even if it's in the skoda

I won't have time I'm afraid. Wish I did but I won't.Very Happy
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Post by Clarkson46 on Tue May 12, 2009 5:58 pm

Could I suggest that future meets occur on a Sunday. Regrettably I have to work on a Saturday so cannot make it. However, I would be more than willing to come along on a Sunday, my day off, to add my expertise to the mix. Very Happy
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Post by Clarkson46 on Tue May 12, 2009 6:09 pm

Bungle wrote:driving back from vanwest today i lost my brakes

peddle was going straight to the floor

stopped at a service station to find my back breaks smoking and wheels very hot

rolled the van backwards and forwards and it rolled freely with no grinding noises

let things cool off and tried again and the rest of the trip home was fine and wheels were cool once home

van didn't seem to be going any slower and i could lose the T4 behind on hills

any ideas

Yeah, you've done some serious work on your brakes recently. It is probable that you adjusted your rear brakes a little too tightly. so when they have to work they get hot and expand thus causing the brakes to bind get hot and expand further. So I would check the adjustment of your rear brakes. Above all else I would replace your brake fluid, as from your description of the original problem the brake fluid in your rear brakes has been seriously heated. As brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs water), so when it gets hot the water boils, turns to steam and that is what causes your brake pedal to go to the floor and recover when everything cools down.
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Post by Waxer on Wed May 13, 2009 12:50 am

Sunday next time then.
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Post by speedwell68 on Wed May 13, 2009 2:42 am

Waxer wrote:Sunday next time then.
Very Happy

That would be really cool, I work most Saturdays too.

Changing the subject entirely, are you Phil aka Buggy/Passat?Very Happy
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Post by Bungle on Wed May 13, 2009 9:24 am

yes he is
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Post by Waxer on Wed May 13, 2009 11:12 am

What he said, yes I am.
Waxer is my Van's name. Cool
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Post by speedwell68 on Wed May 13, 2009 3:21 pm

Waxer wrote:What he said, yes I am.
Waxer is my Van's name. Cool

It was good to see you tonight.Very Happy
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Post by Waxer on Wed May 13, 2009 3:32 pm

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